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Post: Where I am

As I write these words Suz and I are listening to the whooshing sounds of our unborn baby’s heartbeat on a fetal monitor. Within a few hours, God willing, we’ll be holding our new baby. This is one reason I’ve had less time for writing reviews than usual, though there are others. If you want to know what I thought of The Bourne Legacy or Total Recall, tune in Friday to the penultimate episode of this summer’s “Reel Faith” season.   Read more >

Post: Ruby Sparks [video]

Ruby Sparks in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

B+ | ***½ | +2-2| Teens & Up*

The Dark Knight Rises is very nearly the thunderous finale that Christopher Nolan’s unprecedented super-hero trilogy needed after the pitch-black nihilism that Heath Ledger’s Joker brought to The Dark Knight … Yet something crucial is missing — a major omission that lingers over the whole trilogy, a question raised ever more insistently in all three films, and at best left unanswered, if not answered negatively.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: “The World Over Live,” “Catholic Answers Live!” & “Reel Faith”!

This week I’ll be all over Catholic media talking about The Dark Knight Rises: EWTN’s “The World Over Live” with Raymond Arroyo, “Catholic Answers Live” with Patrick Coffin, and our own “Reel Faith” with my co-host David DiCerto.   Read more >

Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

C | ** | +1| Kids & Up

Ice Age: Continental Drift is more like a Happy Meal than a movie. It’s another serving of exactly the same product that millions of families have been served before and will come back to again and again. Its brand-name familiarity and reassuring sameness are its stock in trade. Nothing is different except for the toys; last time it was dinosaurs, this time it’s pirates. It’s more resolutely like the three previous Ice Age movies than they are like themselves.   Read more >

Post: “Reel Faith”: The season continues

After last week’s July 4 hiatus, the second half of “Reel Faith”’s summer season continues this week as David and I review The Amazing Spider-Man, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Ted.   Read more >

Post: My favorite film blogging: Looking Closer & FilmChat

Regular readers have noticed that my film blogging has been lighter of late — and if anything, that trend is going to continue, for reasons that will become clear soon. For now, though, I want to highlight a welcome development in film blogging that I’m very much looking forward to following in the months and years ahead.   Read more >

Article: Mirror Mirror and Fairy-tale Revisionism

I do take issue, though, with Hollywood’s current obsession with “dark,” “gritty,” “edgy” fare threatening to crush any sense of wonder and fantasy. What a joy, then, that Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror offers a gorgeous, fantastic fairy-tale world bursting with extravagant imagination and splendor.   Read more >

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

C+ | **½ | +0| Teens & Up

For all that, the new film bungles who Spider-Man is, where he’s coming from. This isn’t the only problem (there are notable issues around the plot and the interpretation of Spider-Man’s reptilian foe, the Lizard), but for me it’s the most intractable, because it undermines the hero’s moral center.   Read more >

Post: Beasts of the Southern Wild [video]

Beasts of the Southern Wild in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: To Rome, with Love [video]

To Rome, with Love in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [video]

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Brave [video]

Brave in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review — plus clips from the film!   Read more >

Review: Brave (2012)

A- | ***½ | +2| Kids & Up*

Among Hollywood animated films, it may be the most positive affirmation of family since The Incredibles and the best fairy tale since Beauty and the Beast.   Read more >

Article: Fortnight of Films: 14 Films for the Fortnight for Freedom

In support of the Fortnight for Freedom, the National Catholic Register and Decent Films are pleased to present a selection of 14 films, chosen by me, all in some way engaging themes of religious liberty, moral conscience and commitment faith in the face of pressure and persecution have been reflected in cinema.   Read more >

Post: Snow White and the Huntsman [video]

Snow White and the Huntsman in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Prometheus [video]

Prometheus in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Moonrise Kingdom [video]

Moonrise Kingdom in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: Catholic Answers Live, 6/22/2012

This Friday, June 22, I'll be appearing on the first hour of “Catholic Answers Live” (6pm–7pm EDT).   Read more >

Post: Lines I Wish I Had Written: J. R. Jones on Prometheus

It’s been too long since I’ve blogged any great critical lines that made me wish I had written them, but I couldn’t resist the opening line of J. R. Jones’s review of Prometheus — arguably the best possible opening sentence in a Prometheus review…   Read more >

Review: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

C- | ** | -1| Kids & Up

I blame the penguins for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.   Read more >

Post: Don’t read reviews of Pixar’s Brave!

Reviews from the Hollywood trade journals (Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, etc.) and perhaps other sources are starting to appear … and they all freely reveal a key second-act plot twist that I went into Brave not knowing. And I’m sure that more reviews, as they come out, will do the same.   Read more >

Review: Prometheus (2012)

D | ** | -3| Adults*

I don’t mind that Prometheus raises big questions without ultimately answering them. Unanswered questions are part of life, and there’s no reason you can’t have them in art. I do mind that Prometheus raises big questions and has virtually nothing interesting, insightful or thoughtful to say about them. If the questions aren’t interesting in this film, why should anyone care whether they’re answered in another one?   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #21

Tangled, Thor, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Lilo & Stitch, The Incredibles, Star Wars, American Beauty and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #20

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Robin Hood, Babies, How to Train Your Dragon, Once, The Notebook, The Exorcist, The Awful Truth and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #19

Clash of the Titans, Alice in Wonderland, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hayao Miyazaki, The 13th Day and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #18

How to Train Your Dragon, Alice in Wonderland, Green Zone, Avatar, Hayao Miyazaki, Up in the Air and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #17

Clint Eastwood, Avatar, Hotel Rwanda, Children of Men, Hayao Miyzaki, Lenten viewing, The Last Temptation of Christ, Dogma, Harry Potter and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #16

“Zorro: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2”, Up in the Air, Adam, Dan Brown, Terminator movies and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #15

Watchmen, international film, Up, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Exorcist, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Corpus Christi, The Wizard of Oz and more.   Read more >

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